Pedal Boats & Red Light Secrets | Amsterdam Day 3

Caught up with Day 1 and Day 2?

It’s our last full day in Amsterdam and as typical foodies, what else is there better to do than go on a food tour? You can read all about that over on our food blog (live at 4pm BST)

After the Hungry Bird food tour, you can imagine after 3 and a half hours of talking, walking and eating, we were absolutely stuffed and knackered but that didn’t stop us from exploring some more!

We walked through the Tulip Market and bought some souvenirs for ourselves and our families before heading to the pedal boats. I know, we’re crazy to think this was a good idea after walking pretty much non stop for the past 2 days, but where else would you be pedalling along the canal? Don’t answer that. It just seemed like the to do thing at the time!

With the IAmsterdam City Card*, we were given 25% off the original price. We were suggested to take a simple route around in a circle around the canal which would take about an hour.

The rules were simple, keep to the right hand side and give way to all other boats… our boat was broken or something, or we weren’t doing something right, but we’re sure it was the boat. Even with stirring towards the right, we always somehow managed to get onto the left hand side of the canal and when you’ve got constant boat and much bigger boats may I add coming straight for you or following closely behind. It is not fun.

We had been warned by a local not to do the pedal boats but we insisted that we’d be okay. Okay, I’m making it out to be the worse thing we’ve done, it was definitely an experience. Would we do it again? Probably not. Did we have fun? Yes, when we didn’t think we’d die. Hahaha.

Once touching land again, we decided to had back to the Red Light District one more time. There’s just something about that place, even if you’re not in it for the sex and drugs, it’s such an interesting culture and with that we went into The Red Light Secrets museum.

The Red Light Secrets is not as exotic as you’d think it is, if anything it answered a lot of the questions we had been asking ourselves while we’ve been there.

Why do prostitutes use red lights?

This is done for a number of reasons. The Red Light makes skin look more smooth, making them look more attractive.

How many ‘windows’ are there in Amsterdam?

Currently approx. 400 ‘windows’ are found for prostitution, the majority of those can be found in The Red Light District.

These are just two of the questions that are shown and answered, they even give you tips of how to be the best prostitute and show you the typical rooms they work in, how much they cost and so on. If you’re just as intrigued as us, this would be one for you.

From here, we headed straight back to our hotel for an early night in as we had to catch an early train to Berlin

Where we stayed: Amstel Botel*

We stayed our final two nights in Amsterdam at Amstel Botel, located in North Amsterdam. We had to take a complimentary ferry from Centraal station, taking about 15 minutes to arrive at the dock.

This hotel certainly isn’t your typical one, as you can guess from the name that it actually a boat. The botel was docked on the water, giving amazing views towards Amsterdam. We have to admit the rooms were basic, but had everything we need to have a more than comfortable two nights there.

As bloggers, one of the major plus points was their free and fast wifi throughout, and that it was close to the train station for us to be up and out early for our train to Berlin.

We both slept perfectly and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something quieter and away from the hustle and bustle of the main part of the city.
Check out Amstel Botel for their prices and availability. If we ever come back to Amsterdam, we’ll be sure to come back here and stay in one of their letters above the botel!

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary cards/stay to the asterisks (*) in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.


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  1. CharleneMcElhinney
    July 4, 2017 / 11:23 am

    I am so jealous of your travels; you two are having so much fun and it's so refreshing and lovely to know you are having such a wonderful adventure and creating beautiful memories! I am loving these regular updates – keep them coming!Charlene McElhinneywww.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      August 6, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Aww thank you, we're so lucky to be able to do this and share our adventures with you all!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. Llinos Thomas
    July 4, 2017 / 11:32 am

    The river looks amazing and I LOVE the sound of a botel, how cool! I never knew red lights are supposed to make you look more attractive, how interesting.

    • Food and Baker
      August 6, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Such an interesting fact isn't it! We've learnt so much!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. abbeylouisarose
    July 4, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    I was so excited to hear about your stay at the Botel after seeing your photos on social media! Sounds like a really unique concept for a hotel and the views sound incredible! Free and fast wifi is definitely a necessity haha! I had no idea about the reason why prostitutes used red lights, you learn something new everyday haha!Abbey 😺 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      August 6, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Botel was such a different experience but a fun one with a view! Fast wifi is essential to all bloggers isn't it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. Alisha Valerie Gerrard
    July 4, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    You're seriously making me want to pack a bag and go back to Amsterdam for a holiday. I love that you're getting to explore and share your memories and thoughts with us all. 🌸💗✨With love, Alisha Valerie. xwww.AlishaValerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

    • Food and Baker
      August 6, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Do it do it! We all deserve a good break (and to blog about) hahahaThank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Charlotte Clark
    July 4, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Wooow, the place you stayed sounds so cool! The canals are one of the reasons I really want to go to Amsterdam. They always look stunning! Have fun on your next leg of the journey!

    • Food and Baker
      August 6, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Canals are what everyone loves and we can see why!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. My life in rose tinted glasses
    July 19, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Whenever I visit (which will be someday) I really really really want to stay in a boatel now!!! Absolutely amazing! xox

    • Food and Baker
      August 6, 2017 / 11:32 am

      Yes you will visit! The botel was definitely an experience, something different!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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